Oscar nomination: Sharmeen keeps her fingers crossed

Published: October 14, 2011
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary film Saving Face,  which is shortlisted for an Oscar, will be released in the US next month. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary film Saving Face, which is shortlisted for an Oscar, will be released in the US next month. PHOTO: PUBLICITY


Pakistani journalist and documentarian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s latest venture Saving Face has been shortlisted for Oscar nominations under the category ‘Best Documentary, Short Subject’.

Recipient of Emmy award for her documentary Pakistan: Children of the Taliban in 2010, Obaid is now hoping to make it to the Oscar nominations list which will be announced on January 24. The final awards will be announced on February 26, 2012.

Saving Face is a story of two women from Southern Punjab who are victims of acid violence. “It’s a positive story about Pakistan on two accounts: firstly, it portrays how a Pakistani-British doctor comes to treat them and it also discusses, in great depth, the parliament’s decision to pass a bill on acid violence,” explains Obaid-Chinoy.  According to the Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill, the perpetrators of acid violence will be punished with imprisonment for life, and Obaid-Chinoy has captured that aspect in her latest venture.

The documentary, which is filmed across Islamabad, Rawalpindi and the small towns of Punjab, is scheduled to be released in the US next month and then in the UK in March in 2012, following which it will be released in Pakistan. When asked why her documentaries are so hard to find here in Pakistan, Obaid-Chinoy states, “There is really no documentary market here in Pakistan. Documentaries are not produced on a large scale.”

However, bursting with excitement that her documentary is shortlisted for an Oscar, she adds, “You can come from anywhere but if you produce quality work, you will be noticed and appreciated.”

Obaid-Chinoy began her career with New York Times Television in 2002 where she produced Terror’s Children, a film about Afghan refugee children, which won her the Overseas Press Club Award, the American Women and Radio and Television Award and the South Asian Journalist Association Award. Since then, she has produced more than 12 films around the world. Obaid-Chinoy also became the first non-American to win the Livingston Award for International Reporting in 2004, according to www.imow.org.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2011.

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  • Oct 14, 2011 - 11:50PM

    Proud of you and your efforts Sharmeen . I hope and pray that not only you get into final nomination list but also go on to receive Oscar and make all Pakistanis proud :) .

    Thank you for using your energies in not only bringing these issues infront of the people but also for the dedication towards the cause which you believe is for the betterment of our society:)


  • Fahad
    Oct 15, 2011 - 12:28AM

    Sharmeen is such an inspiration! Hope she ends up getting the nomination, and then the award, shes certainly good enough and deserving :D


  • Saadia Rashid
    Oct 15, 2011 - 12:32AM

    Congratulations Sharmeen on this notable achievement. You r doing a courageous job which can only do good for Pakistan in the long term. I pray you get the final nomination and then the Oscar.


  • AS
    Oct 15, 2011 - 3:26AM



  • Tabish Bilgrami
    Oct 15, 2011 - 9:35AM

    Best Of luck! U have made us proud!!Recommend

  • impressed
    Oct 15, 2011 - 11:30AM

    Congratulations Daniel! We knew you’d make it! :) best of luck


  • Aqsa
    Oct 15, 2011 - 3:21PM

    Great Sharmeen. So proud of you trust me


  • Sidra Aiman
    Oct 16, 2011 - 1:34AM

    you really hv made us proud. hope you get the Oscar and keep doing a brilliant quality work. luking forward to watch your documentary and good luck !!


  • Saamia Minhas
    Oct 16, 2011 - 9:44AM

    Congratulations! You make us Pakistani proud! Wishing you the best of luck!


  • Tanveer A Khan
    Oct 16, 2011 - 2:04PM

    What an achievement. Not because u have been nominated for an Oscar but the topic u have chosen. It speaks of your talent and ur concern for something which our so called legislators are least bothered about. Best of luck & looking forward to watching your documentary. Hope the Pakistan TV cahannels air it for the benifit of documentary lovers.


  • Oct 23, 2011 - 11:03PM

    Sharmeen is our modern-day hero; I’m proud know her work and the wonders it can do for humanity. Blesses and well wishes on your nomination. <3


  • Anum mir
    Nov 8, 2011 - 12:54PM

    it’s our true face…real pakistan…<3


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